Book: The Dark Lake (The Oshkosh Trilogy) by Anthea Jane Carsoncategories: Book, Fiction, Psycho Drama, Roman à clef, Emerging Adult, Alcoholics Anonymous, Addiction, Obsession, Drugs, Denial, Mental Illness, Psychological Suspense Thriller
Anthea Jane Carsonabout this book: Jane just wants to be a normal person. She is stuck in the past, in particular, she's stuck reliving a particular event in a kind of purgatory. Unless she can move on she will never grow up and live like a normal person. She will remain stuck in her dependent condition where she lives with her parents in her childhood home. Her therapist believes that unless she remembers this traumatic event in detail she will never heal.
I wrote the initial rough draft of this book in three weeks. It was as if the book were already written in my unconscious mind. That's what the lake symbolizes--the unconscious mind, and all the things that are buried there.
Like me, the character in The Dark Lake is a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. In this program, honesty is the key to recovery. The point isn't just to be honest with others, but to be honest with yourself. That sounds easy, but in reality it is nearly impossible. Denial is how we lie to ourselves. There is a saying in the program, "denial is an acronym for 'Don't even know I'm lying'." If we don't even know we are lying to ourselves, how can we be honest with ourselves. If you are aware of it, and willing to see it, you will see all kinds of ways that you lie to yourself. And the worst thing is, we believe these lies we tell ourselves.
Denial is the key to the story of The Dark Lake. Many readers ask "what happened at the dark lake?" I see the complaints in the reviews that they can't figure it out. But the clues are all there. Jane's lies are coming unravelled. Readers who become confused are simply believing the biggest lie that Jane is telling herself.
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Video: The Oshkosh Trilogy Video Book Trailer (Book one, The Dark Lake, Book two, Call me Jane)
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